The Sunflower and the Butterfly: Together They Fall

When you kill a rare sunflower here in Vermont, you may also be killing a rare butterfly.

By | August 24th, 2016|Butterflies, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Conservation|4 Comments

Red Alert: Color and Sex in a Dragonfly

When a male dragonfly changes color — going from yellow to red — it's a scene in a racy drama worthy of Shakespeare or a soap opera. It turns out that sometimes a male might get along better in life by impersonating a female.

By | August 21st, 2016|Dragonflies, Evolution|4 Comments

Pale Beauties

Elegance now flies and blooms in shades of white. During my meanderings so far this month, I've found pale beauty where plants and insects converge.

By | August 9th, 2016|Botany, Butterflies, Insects, Moths|0 Comments

“Mothpelier”

National Moth Week (I'm sure you all celebrated) ended Sunday. My celebration included three dozen moth species, a mere fraction of what came visiting my home here in Montpelier, Vermont, presented in full-frontal display here on my web site.

By | August 2nd, 2016|Moths|8 Comments

Crap or Moth?

Droppings from nature.

By | July 23rd, 2016|Birds, Moths|6 Comments

The Week in Flying Things

A state endangered butterfly. A globally vulnerable beetle. And a few common insects, including a lovely moth that resembles a pile of bird crap. So goes the week in flight.

By | July 22nd, 2016|Butterflies, Insects, Tiger Beetles|1 Comment

A Complete Butterfly Life on a Single Day

From a wet meadow here in Vermont, a shocking butterfly bares it all at every stage of life.

By | July 15th, 2016|Butterflies|21 Comments

The Other Fireworks

Bursts of color and flight from the wilds of Maine and here in Montpelier, Vermont.

By | July 10th, 2016|Being Outside, Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths|2 Comments

The Moths of Montpelier

Got wildlife? Find the light. Here is but a fraction of the moths coming to my UV light here in Montpelier the past few nights.

By | June 5th, 2016|Moths, Photography|4 Comments

Into the Wild (and Away from the Screen)

I now get to go outside and play — er, I mean work. My field season, as a consulting biologist and educator, launches like migrating warblers this week, which means you'll find me less often here on the blog.

By | May 17th, 2016|Being Outside, Birds, Birdwatching, Dragonflies, Moths|4 Comments
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